Prague By the end of the year, there will be at least five thousand dead in the Czech Republic due to Covid-19, and the idea that government measures will last only four to six weeks is optimistic, says mathematician and economist René Levínský of CERGE-EI. According to him, one of the main problems is people’s distrust of government measures and the lack of a goal where we are heading.
Lidovky.cz: The government took new measures against the spread of the new coronavirus this week. Do you think it will work?
Sooner or later, of course, it will work because people realize it’s going to be tough. The question is, what do we mean by functioning. It is not clear what our goal is. There are two strategies. The first is that we want to control the epidemic in some way through testing, tracing and quarantine, in the second strategy we have a different goal, we simply do not want our hospitals to collapse due to the excessive number of patients.